Beyoncé to re-record offensive lyric in track ‘heated’ following criticism

Beyoncé has just released her new album Renaissance, which is already critically acclaimed but is now facing criticism for using an ableist slur.


Beyoncé is to re-record a lyric in one of the tracks in her new album Renaissance, following criticism for it containing an ableist slur. 

The track in question, ‘Heated’, which was co-written by Drake and other writers, contained a term that many campaigners deem offensive, especially to those who suffer from cerebral palsy.

Yet following the criticism, Beyoncé’s team have revealed the word will now be “replaced in the lyrics”, and that it was “not used intentionally in a harmful way”. The word can have slightly different connotations in the U.S., the singer’s publicist further told the BBC.

In June, Lizzo had come under fire for using the exact same slur in her track ‘Grrrls’ before quickly removing and changing it. After making the amendment, Lizzo stated: “Let me make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language. As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand (sic) the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally). 


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“As an influential artist I’m dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world.”

Lizzo was widely praised for taking action and changing the lyric as well as publicly acknowledging her role and responsibility over it. 

People flooded to social media to air out their anger towards Beyoncé’s use of the word and are calling for her to change it as Lizzo changed her lyric. Many have also noted cultural differences might be the reason the word made it into ‘Heated’ which has a total of 11 writers. 

Writing for The Guardian, Hannah Diviney had noted that, “Beyoncé’s commitment to storytelling musically and visually is unparalleled, as is her power to have the world paying attention to the narratives, struggles and nuanced lived experience of being a black woman – a world I can only ever understand as an ally, and have no desire to overshadow.

“But that doesn’t excuse her use of ableist language – language that gets used and ignored all too often.”

Yet now the amendment has been announced. And Beyoncé, her team and her fans will be hoping it doesn’t take anymore untoward attention from an otherwise widely praised album. 

In our 4-star review, Matt Mills calls it “Beyoncé’s apotheosis” and notes that Queen Bey is “relishing in admiration of her own skin, and wants you to do the same.”

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